Discover Hugo Landry’s colorful universe
You surely have noticed the colorful painting of Hugo Landry during a visit in our Gallery or when browsing our website! You didn’t get to talk with the artist during his visit to the Night of Galleries in 2016 and 2017? Here’s your chance to know more about the painter!
While there were no artists in his family, art appeared very early in his life: “As a child, I painted and drew constantly. I needed to express myself with art.” Hugo Landry first remembers becoming interested in comics during his childhood. Later on, his interest shifted to animation drawing, before studying visual arts in college. “I wouldn’t have thought to become a painter. I thought it was impossible to make a living from your art. “
In fact, after his studies, the artist stopped painting for about four years. During this period, he worked as a graphic designer. He started to miss painting, so in his spare time, he started painting characters again. “Quickly, I realized that I didn’t want to only create characters. I wanted to explore a new style and new movements around my canvas. “
Eventually, he turned to abstract art: “While I was making characters with this new freedom, one day I made a mistake that ruined a painting. I wanted to remove all the paint on the canvas to start again. In withdrawing everything, I noticed that the leftover had become abstract art. Although it was not a beautiful result, I realized I wanted to explore abstract art. “
His technique as well has evolved over time. The desire to use greater movements in his paintings has led him to explore larger formats. Also, his need to quickly get a result pushed him to use a spatula instead of a brush. “Actually, I paint with the exact same spatula I started with.” He often tells his loved ones as a joke that if he loses his spatula, he would lose his talent! “Secretly, I think it’s true! “
Like Daniel Gagné (click here to read more!), Hugo Landry’s experience as a graphic designer has influenced his art. “I believe the way I decided to approach color has been influenced by my past as a designer, as well as several principles of composition that I apply consciously (and even unconsciously) in my paintings. I want to make my art accessible to the greatest number of people possible, like a graphic designer would work on a project to capture the interest of people. “
You probably have guessed it: color is very important in his creative process: “I put a lot of time and care into mixing my own colors. Those color choices define a lot about the painting. For example, one morning, I can be set on blue. I will feel like there is something specific to explore with a particular shade of blue.”
The painter mentions that music inspires him too; he even makes a playlist every morning at his workshop to set the mood for the day.
Often, he finds the title of his painting before anything else: “It’s like the starting point of my work. Then comes the basic idea for the painting, the type of color palette and the general mood.
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